Boston, Mass: Printed by Rogers and Fowle, for J. Edwards in Cornhill. 1744. Hardcover. 8vo. 7 1/2" x 4 1/2". Halfbound in black leather over marbled boards. Spine considerably chipped and cracked, with losses of two, 1-inch sections of leather. Rear board detached but present. Printed bookplate to front pastedown, with accession number of the Public Library of the City of Boston and a May15, 1855 handwritten date). Moderate foxing from approximately pp. 50-80, but text quite readable, notwithstanding. Pocket remnant to rear pastedown and typewritten pasted-on label to front board ("Rare Book Reserve"). ESTC. No. 30223. Good. Item #84624
After graduating from Harvard, where he matriculated at age 15, then "spending time in London, where he became involved with the American and English Dissenters, he returned to Boston in 1699 to become the minister of the new Brattle Street Church". In his lifetime, Colman wrote over 90 books, and is often viewed more as a gifted pulpit orator than as an intellectual force. Arguments have been convincingly made, however, that "his writings are likewise indicative of the intellectual life of his age, and that in some respects, they are even more useful than those of his more famous contemporaries to the person seeking to understand the eighteenth century in America." ("Benjamn Colman and the Enlightenment" by Theodore Hornberger).
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